Tag Archives: Iran


Palestinians Burned Down a Bethlehem Church: Who Knew?

Palestinians Burned Down a Bethlehem Church: Who Knew?

Today’s Top Stories 1. In the last 24 hours, there were four Palestinian stabbing attacks. See below for details. In case you missed yesterday’s roundup, I have decided to call the widening violence an “intifada.” Here’s Why I’m calling it an intifada. 2. Who knew? Palestinians influenced by Islamic State burned down the St. Charbel


Israeli Woman Escapes Palestinian Lynch Mob

Today’s Top Stories 1. A violent holiday and day-after. This morning, an Israeli woman escaped a near-lynching after a Palestinian mob stoned her car near Tekoa. Rivi Lev Ohayon explained her escape to YNet while other eyewitnesses described what they saw to the Times of Israel. Also this morning, a Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded


Netanyahu Visits Moscow to Discuss Syria With Putin

Today’s Top Stories 1. Accompanied by a high-level delegation of IDF staff, PM Netanyahu is in Moscow today to discuss with President Putin, Russia’s increasing military engagement in the Syrian civil war. The Times of Israel reports: According to early assessments, the two leaders will likely discuss three key topics: keeping advanced weapons out of


Russia to Close Syrian Skies to Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Will Russia’s expected military presence in Syria close off Syrian skies to Israel? 2. “In a move that reflected growing internal disarray,” the PLO delayed elections for its internal leadership, which were set to be held next week, according to AP. 3. Russia reportedly bought 10 Israeli-made intelligence-gathering drones. And despite left-wing opposition,


Swiss Government ‘Regrets’ Ambassador’s Tasteless Bibi Cartoon

Today’s Top Stories 1. Did the Arab Spring hit Gaza this weekend? Gaza beach corn vendor attempts suicide after Hamas ‘harassment’ 2. Switzerland “expressed regret” after its ambassador to Iran displayed a tasteless cartoon of peace doves defecating on Prime Minister Netanyahu. Ambassador Giulio Haas was addressing businessmen in Zurich, encouraging them to invest in


IAEA Needs Money to Inspect Iranian Sites

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency says it needs more money to inspect Iran sites. 2. Lebanon’s garbage crisis continues. The Jerusalem Post reports fears that Hezbollah is trying to hijack the You Stink protest movement. And AFP’s Sara Hussein reports how dismal the situation is: 3. A Hamas military court


Spanish Music Festival Re-invites Matisyahu

Today’s Top Stories 1. In the face of condemnation from the Spanish government, the US embassy in Madrid, and the Spanish media, organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash music festival re-invited Matisyahu, the American Jewish reggae star dropped due to BDS pressure. Sunsplash officials wrote on the festival’s Facebook page: Rototom Sunplash admits that it made a


Islamic State in Sinai Reportedly Beheads Hostage

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nice to see the wire services pick up on PA corruption. AP reports Palestinians are furious over the latest revelations of graft and misuse of public money: Outrage over the documents quickly spread on social media, where Palestinians challenged everything from their leadership’s finances to its political legitimacy in the face


Abbas, Iran to Campaign Against Israel’s Nuclear Program

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas will visit Iran sometime in the next two months. Although the visit needs to be seen in the context of frosty Hamas-Tehran ties, the Jerusalem Post reports that one item on the PA-Iran agenda is a campaign against Israel’s nuclear program. Majdalani said on Monday his visit to Iran


Dr. Jonathan Spyer Makes Sense of the Middle East

With the rise of the so-called Islamic State, multiple groups fighting each other in the disintegrating states of Syria and Iraq, the bitter Sunni-Shia conflict and the competing interests of state actors and their proxies, the Middle East has never been more confusing for the casual observer. Not to mention the recent Iranian nuclear deal